RAAF celebrates its centenary

Today, the Royal Australian Air Force marked its 100th anniversary with a mass flypast over Canberra – a rare and exciting opportunity to see a wide range of current and historic military aircraft.

31 March 2021

More than 60 aircraft flew in waves over Lake Burley Griffin from 10:30am. The flypast culminated in a spectacular display by the Roulettes aerobatic team.

For more information on the RAAF’s centenary, see the Air Force 2021 website.


The Roulettes in action over Canberra. Photo: DVA

Planes arranged on tarmac along with personnel

Air Force personnel representing all specialisations and musterings form the number 100 with all in-service RAAF aircraft and ground assets at RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland. Read the full story on the Department of Defence website.

From left: Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld AO DSC, his wife Mrs Louise Hupfeld, Warrant Officer of the Air Force Fiona Grasby OAM and Leading Aircraftwoman Victoria Farell lay wreaths during yesterday’s Air Force Centenary Commemorative Ceremony at the Air Force Memorial on Anzac Parade, Canberra. The multi-denominational ceremony was an important opportunity to remember those who set the foundation for the Air Force, to recognise their achievement and innovation, and to commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Read the full story on the Department of Defence website.

Visit ABC iView for full coverage of the Commemorative Ceremony and the flypast as well as the documentary To The Stars: 100 Years of the RAAF.